Photography is a sin, unIslamic, says Darul Uloom Deoband Indiaâ€™s leading Islamic seminary Darul Uloom has issued a fatwa, saying â€œphotography is unlawful and a sinâ€, even though Saudi Arabia allows photographers inside the holy city of Mecca and live telecast of namaz is beamed on Islamic channels across the world. Mufti Abdul Qasim Nomani, Mohtamim (Vice-Chancellor) of Darul Uloom Deoband, told PTI on phone, â€œPhotography is un-Islamic. Muslims are not allowed to get their photos clicked unless it is for an identity card or for making a passport.â€ He said Islam does not permit video-taping of marriages or clicking of pictures to save as mementos for future generations. When pointed out that Saudi Arabia, which follows the Wahabi school that aspires to return to the earliest fundamental sources of Islam, allows photography in the holiest of Islamic cities Mecca and beams live coverage through the year, Nomani said, â€œLet them do it. We do not allow it. Not everything they do is correct.â€ Nomani agreed with the fatwa â€” a religious edict issued by Darul Ifta in Deoband â€” regarding a query from an engineering graduate saying he was passionate about photography and wanted to pursue it as a career. â€œPhotography is unlawful and sin. Hadees (recorded Islamic tradition) warns sternly against it. Do not do this course. You should search any suitable job based on your engineering course,â€ reads the fatwa posted on the schoolâ€™s website. All India Muslim Law Personal Board member Mufti Abul Irfan Qadri Razzaqi also agreed with Nomaniâ€™s fatwa. â€œIslam forbids photographing of humans and animals. whoever does that will be answerable to God,â€ Razzaqi told PTI. When reminded that Saudis allow it, he said, â€œJust because they are richer than us doesnâ€™t mean they are also correct. If they are allowing photography they will be answerable on the Day of Judgement in the court of God.â€ A similar fatwa was issued when a television reporter asked if his â€œfacing the video cameraâ€ is against Islam. â€œYou are right, it is prohibited in Islam to photograph and to let others photograph you. Therefore, you should seek forgiveness from Allah for the same and choose for you a work which is free from such prohibited acts. â€œA work which involves unlawful and haram things is obviously unlawful. If the work includes oral or written reporting as well then the entire income will not be labelled as haram,â€ reads another fatwa. However, Mufti Saif Abbas, president of the Shia Chand Committee, said his sect allows photography and television viewing. â€œIslamic channels such as Peace TV, QTV, ARY and others beam live coverage of namaz, Hajjâ€¦are they all wrong? I have argued with my Sunni colleagues that there is nothing wrong with photography,â€ he said. (PTI) http://www.niticentral.com/2013/09/11/photography-is-a-sin-unislamic-says-darul-uloom-131652.html ************************ Deoband issues fatwa banning photography as un-Islamic NEW DELHI: India's leading Islamic seminary Darul Uloom has issued a fatwa, saying "photography is unlawful and a sin", even though Saudi Arabia allows photographers inside the holy city of Mecca and live telecast of 'namaz' is beamed on Islamic channels across the world. Mufti Abdul Qasim Nomani, Mohtamim (Vice-Chancellor) of Darul Uloom Deoband, said on the phone, "Photography is un-Islamic. Muslims are not allowed to get their photos clicked unless it is for an identity card or for making a passport." Deoband issues fatwa banning photography as un-Islamic - Times Of India ****************************** This is so unfortunate and antediluvian! Common Muslim are a progressive lot, but their religious leaders and organisation are so stupid and out of synch with modern necessities and aspirations. They are making a mockery of the educated and enlightened Muslims and are doing Islam a great disservice by proving the propaganda that Islam is totally out of the ambit of contemporary reality and is wedded to a timelock. These organisation insults the modern, educated, emancipated Muslims, who are equal to all in challenging the realities of the modern world, These Muslim organisation of India are so power hungry that they feel that they are the sole inheritors of Mohammed and ridicule Saudi Arabia, the mother of Islamic teaching and centre of Islamic ethos and existence! Once again, the Shias appear to be in synch with the modern world since they have a different take than the bigots from the Sunni fold!